Course Requirements-Chemical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

PhD Required Coursework

Courses in the Department of Chemical Engineering provide a sturdy and vital foundation for research. Courses are offered at various levels in the field of fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; reactions kinetics; surface chemistry and catalysis; thermodynamics; kinetic theory; process dynamics; control and synthesis; optimization; applied mathematics; engineering design; computational chemistry and molecular simulation; electrochemical engineering, semiconductor processing, polymeric materials; fermentation technology and biological process design; biomedical engineering; colloids and dispersions; and atmospheric chemistry.

First-year core graduate courses are designed to provide the student with a thorough knowledge of basic engineering science, advanced process analysis methods, and their applications. The courses beyond the first year expose students to advanced topics in specialized areas. The program gives latitude for emphasis of individual interests appropriate to the research area. Doctoral students entering the program with a bachelor's degree, known as "Direct Entry" students, usually fulfill all requirements in four years plus two semesters. "Advanced Entry" students, those students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree in chemical engineering, should complete the Ph.D. program in four years or fewer.

Course Requirements

Direct Entry

Direct Entry students are those who enter the PhD program with a Bachelor's degree.  Direct Entry students in the PhD degree program must complete a minimum of 96 units of course work and a minimum of 48 units of thesis research.

Direct Entry Course Requirements (96 units of coursework)
(a) 4 Chemical Engineering Core Graduate Courses chosen from
06-702 Advanced Reaction Kinetics (12 units)
06-703 Advanced Fluid Dynamics (12 units)
06-704 Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer (12 units)
06-705 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
06-713 Mathematical Techniques (12 units)
06-720 Advanced Process Systems Engineering (12 units)

(b) 2 or 3 Elective Chemical Engineering Graduate Courses

(c) 1 or 2 Advanced Outside Technical Courses (one or two) Advanced level course(s) in another engineering discipline (600 or higher) or the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Research, Statistics) (400 or higher).

Examples: 06-606 Computational Methods for Large Scale Process Design and Analysis, 06-607 Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces; 06-609 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules; 06-619 Semiconductor Processing Technology; 06-640 Principles and Applications of Molecular Simulation; 06-721 BioProcess Design; 03-620 Techniques in Electron Microscopy; 09-510 Introduction to Environmentally Benign Chemistry; 15-413 Software Engineering; 21-660 Introduction to Numerical Methods; 33-755 Quantum Mechanics I; 36-707 Regression Analysis; 47-834 Linear Programming.

Advanced Entry

Advanced Entry students are those who enter the PhD program with a Master's degree. Advanced Entry students must complete a minimum of 48 units of coursework and a minimum of 48 unitls of thesis research.

Advanced Entry Course Requirements (48 units of letter-graded coursework)
(a) 1 Chemical Engineering Core Graduate Courses chosen from the list under (a) above
(b) 1 or 2 Elective Chemical Engineering Graduate Courses
(c) 1 or 2 Advanced Outside Technical Courses (one or two) Advanced level course(s) in another engineering discipline (600 or higher) or the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Research, Statistics) (400 or higher).